California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed a statewide executive order Friday aimed at dramatically increasing the number of zero-emission vehicles on the state’s roads and reducing carbon pollution over the next 12 years.
The state will work to get 5 million zero-emission vehicles on California roads by 2030, a goal Brown announced at his State of the State speech Thursday night. The executive order also details investing $1.25 billion in cap-and-trade auction proceeds and another $2.5 billion investment over eight years to bring a quarter million vehicle-charging stations to the state by 2025.
“This executive order aims to curb carbon pollution from cars and trucks and boost the number of zero-emission vehicles driven in California,” said Brown in a statement Friday. “In addition, the cap-and-trade investments will, in varying degrees, reduce California’s carbon footprint and improve the quality of life for all.”